Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones


50th Anniversary Vinyl LP

From Wikipedia:

Let It Bleed is a studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on 28 November 1969 by London Records in the United States and on 5 December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom Released during the band’s 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to Beggars Banquet (1968), and like that album is a return to the group’s more blues-oriented approach that was prominent in the pre-Aftermath (1966) period of their career. Additional sounds on the album draw influence from gospel, country blues and country rock.

The album was recorded during a period of turmoil in the band; Brian Jones, the band’s founder and original leader, had become increasingly unreliable in the studio due to heavy drug use, and during most recording sessions was either absent, or so incapacitated that he was unable to contribute meaningfully. He was fired in the midst of recording sessions for this album, and replaced by Mick Taylor. Jones died within a month of being fired (at the age of 27); he contributed to only two songs, playing backing instruments.

Taylor had been hired after principal recording was complete on many of the tracks, and appears on two songs, having recorded some guitar overdubs. Keith Richards was the band’s sole guitarist during most of the recording sessions, being responsible for nearly all of the rhythm and lead parts. The other Stones members (vocalist Mick Jagger, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts) appear on nearly every track, with contributions by percussionist Jimmy Miller (who also produced the album), keyboardists Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart (himself a former member of the band), and guest musicians including Ry Cooder.

The album reached top ten positions in several markets, including reaching number one in the UK and number three in the US. While no high-charting singles were released from the album, many of its songs became staples of Rolling Stones live shows and on rock radio stations, including “Gimme Shelter” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want“, both of which frequently appear on lists of the greatest songs ever. The album was voted number 40 in Colin Larkin‘s All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd edition (2000). In 2005, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is on various iterations of Rolling Stone magazine’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

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Side one
No. Title Length
1. Gimme Shelter 4:31
2. Love in Vain 4:19
3. Country Honk 3:09
4. Live with Me 3:33
5. Let It Bleed 5:26
Total length: 20:58
Side two
No. Title Length
1. Midnight Rambler 6:52
2. You Got the Silver 2:51
3. Monkey Man 4:12
4. You Can’t Always Get What You Want 7:28
Total length: 21:23